In Vietnam, Highway #4 itself is not just a single continuous path but a network of strategically important routes that wind along much of the length of the Sino-Vietnamese border. It is divided into Highways 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and (with no letter F in Vietnamese!) 4G as follows:
One of a small chain, Net Hue is well priced for such comfortable surroundings. Head to the top floor for the nicest ambience and enjoy Hue-style dishes like banh nam (steamed rice pancake with minced shrimp).
Bring along your DIY cooking skills and grill your own succulent fish with a little shrimp paste and plenty of herbs. Cha ca is an iconic Hanoi dish, and while another nearby more-famous cha ca eatery gets all the tour-bus traffic, the food here is actually better.
This branch of a number of small same-named kitchens turns out street-food specialities from across Vietnam. Try and visit just outside the busy lunch and dinner periods, or consider Quan An Ngon's newest branch in a lovely French villa just north of the Old Quarter .
Founded in December, 2008, by three French friends, Minh Spielmann, Benjamin Rascalou & Anthony Balenci, La Badiane -French for the Star Anise spice- is heralding its claim to be one of the best restaurants in Vietnam dedicated to fusion of flavors and international gastronomy.